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Senior Adviser, Plant & Forestry

Ministry for Primary Industries
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Wellington City
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Job Description

  • Are you wanting to take on a significant role in growing and protecting New Zealand’s primary industries?
  • Do you have expertise and experience in plant biology, agronomy, microbiology, entomology, plant pathology or a related discipline?
  • Are you looking to extend your skills and experience in biosecurity or pest risk management in a regulatory environment?
  • Have you got the relationship skills to work with people across MPI and with domestic stakeholders?


We are looking for a highly motivated person to join our team as an Adviser or Senior Adviser in the Plant & Forestry team within the Plants, Food and Environment Directorate of MPI. As a Phytosanitary Risk Manager you will contribute to developing, maintaining and reviewing our Import Health Standards for plants and plant products imported into New Zealand by assessing measures required to manage pests.


These roles are focused on ensuring our imported plant products, continue to meet the strict biosecurity requirements for New Zealand. This specific role is focused on ensuring imported forestry, grain and other plant products, continue to meet all New Zealand’s biosecurity requirements.


You will be assessing scientific & technical information to identify appropriate measures to manage plant pests, developing Import Health Standards for the safe importation of plants or plant products and reviewing Import Health Standards to ensure that they remain fit for purpose.


The Plants, Food & Environment Directorate is responsible for the development and implementation of regulatory and non-regulatory interventions, standards for plants, plant products, food, beverages, border pathways, inanimate objects, transitional and containment facilities. The Import & Export (Plants) Group is one of three groups in the Plants, Food and Environment Directorate. The Import & Export (Plants) Group comprises four teams; Plant & Forestry, Plant Exports, Fresh Produce Imports, and Plant Germplasm Imports. Each team is managed by a Team Manager reporting to the Group Manager.


Bring your tertiary qualification in plant biological science, agronomy, microbiology, entomology, plant pathology or a related discipline, and/or practical experience along with your attention to detail and your enjoyment of working in a fast moving, busy environment where no two days are the same. 


  • experience in or an ability to produce written technical documents in simple understandable terms
  • knowledge/interest in plant biosecurity
  • the ability to work under pressure and in conflict situations
  • motivation, initiative, flexibility, sound judgment and an aptitude for team work
  • a proven track record of working and partnering successfully with diverse groups of stakeholders
  • knowledge/experience in commercial horticulture, arable or forestry production systems
  • a delivery focused, and ‘can do’ attitude
  • the ability to plan work projects, set priorities and meet project deadlines


To view the position description and/or apply for the role (submitting a cover letter and current curriculum vitae), please click “APPLY NOW” in order to be directed to our website.  For tracking and reporting purposes, all applications must be submitted through our online careers portal. 


If you have any questions about the role, you may contact Nancy Ford for a confidential discussion at


In order to be considered for this role, applicants must be immediately available for an interview within New Zealand and must hold a current New Zealand work permit or be a New Zealand resident.


Applications for this role will not be accepted after 5 pm on 7th December 2016.